March 28, 2019 – Locke Lord has achieved a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the third consecutive year. A perfect score in this annual report evaluating policies and practices related to LGBTQ employees earns the Firm the distinction of being an “Employer of Choice” for LGBTQ employees.
“Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is one of Locke Lord’s core values, and earning a perfect score in the CEI for the third consecutive year is indicative of the Firm’s dedication to fostering an inclusive workplace and constantly working to build upon the progress we’ve made,” said Locke Lord Chair David Taylor.
“To yet again be recognized as an organization the HRC considers a leader in LGBTQ equality in the workplace is an honor we are thrilled to receive. We remain committed to making the vision of a more diverse and inclusive legal profession a reality, and we will continue to support progress toward LGBTQ equality in the community at large,” added Locke Lord Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Paulette Brown.
Locke Lord predecessor firm Edwards Wildman earned a 100 percent rating in the HRC Foundation’s CEI for seven consecutive years from 2009-2015. The Firm represents Fenway Health, the largest LGBTQ health care, education and research facility in the United States. In addition, the lawyers at Locke Lord have a long history of supporting LGBTQ civil rights and health care organizations, such as the LGBTQ Bar Associations, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, AIDS Action Committee, Imperial Court of New York, Equality Illinois and Mainers United for Marriage, including service on boards and fundraising committees, hosting events and volunteer work.
For additional information and to view the full 2019 CEI results, click here.
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 130 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.
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